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BossMob 32N'Zoth the Corruptor
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Race Old god (Aberration)
Affiliation Old Gods, Black Empire
Location Unknown
Status Unknown
Relative(s) C'Thun
Y'Shaarj
Yogg-Saron

N'Zoth (pronounced "Ne-Zoth" or "Ni-Zoth") is one of the confirmed Old Gods. Speculated to be deep under the sea in Azeroth, N'Zoth has rarely been spoken of throughout the world. However the creature has been noted in writings and has even communicated with Queen Azshara. During the fall of the Black Empire, following the death of Y'Shaarj, N'Zoth was the first of the old gods to be encased in an underground monolithic enchanted prison by the titans.[1]

Due to the destruction of the Well of Eternity (also known as the Sundering) Queen Azshara was blasted far into the deeps of the seas. There, she created a deal with the Old Gods, specifically speculated to be N'Zoth. She was then cursed and transformed into a Naga.

N'Zoth's official title is "The Corruptor" due to its involvement with the corruption of Queen Azshara.[citation needed]

Background Edit

Blizzard employee comments Edit

In BlizzCon 2010's Quests and Lore panel, Chris Metzen revealed that the third named Old God, which was said to be revealed in 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, will be called "Nezoth/Ni'zoth",[2] though its name was actually N'Zoth[3] and several people heard variations like N'Zath because the name was spoken and not written down officialy for awhile. N'Zoth appears to be an Old God which is still active. He seems to be related to the Faceless Ones.

In a preview blog[3] for Patch 4.3, N'Zoth was explicitly mentioned by name as aiding Deathwing via his minion Boss 15 Warlord Zon'ozz who will appear as part of the Dragon Soul raid.

In World of Warcraft Edit

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In the Dragon Soul raid, Warlord Zon'ozz says:

Q u o t e:

Warlord Zon'ozz: Gaze into the heart of N'Zoth.
Warlord Zon'ozz: The will of N'Zoth corrupts you.
Warlord Zon'ozz: Your deaths shall sing of N'Zoth's unending glory.
Warlord Zon'ozz: Your skulls shall adorn N'Zoth's writhing throne.
Warlord Zon'ozz: Victory for Deathwing. For the glory of N'Zoth!
Warlord Zon'ozz: Your souls shall sate N'Zoth's endless hunger.
Warlord Zon'ozz: Once more shall the twisted flesh-banners of N'Zoth chitter and howl above the fly-blown corpse of this world. After millennia, we have returned.

Speculated references in World of Warcraft Edit

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Puzzle Box Edit

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In Cataclysm, a new item was introduced, the [Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron]. The following quotes are some of the possible things the box says when you attempt to open it:

  • In the land of Ny'alotha there is only sleep...
  • In the sleeping city of Ny'alotha walk only mad things.
  • Ny'alotha is a city of old, terrible, unnumbered crimes...
  • The drowned god's heart is black ice...
  • At the bottom of the ocean even light must die.
  • Have you had the dream again? A black goat with seven eyes that watches from the outside.
  • In the sunken city, he lays dreaming.
This may be a refrece to Vashj'ir, due to the nature that some of it contains Highborn ruins...)

Ny'alotha may be the Emerald Nightmare, the core of pure evil, in the Emerald Dream. The box also says: "In the sleeping city of Ny'alotha walk only mad things." The mad things may be the unwaking people, victims of the Emerald Nightmare which are captured in the Emerald Dream, forced to stay there forever.

N'Zoth is likely the one who is truly responsible for the Emerald Nightmare, and not Xavius, who was merely a pawn of a greater evil, as stated in Stormrage.

The "drowned god" could be N'Zoth.

Vashj'ir Edit

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The underwater zone Vashj'ir contains a few possible references to an Old God underneath. A cave called the Undershell below L'ghorek sprouts tentacles characteristic of an old god. Three ogre magi can be found there, maintaining a ritual to connect L’ghorek with the thing below.

In the quest Neutral 15 [82] ... It Will Come, Ick'thys the Unfathomable is summoned and states:
"I laugh at you, feeble <name>, but I will oblige. Now, let us return to my master, below!"

In a quest which follows, Neutral 15 [82] Unplug L'ghorek, Erunak Stonespeaker states:
"L'ghorek is the ancient that rests upon the shelf across from us. It is being controlled and its life energies slowly consumed by something immense beneath us."

Stormrage Edit

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The first time the living were made ​​aware of (what was presumably) N'Zoth's existence was when Malfurion Stormrage sensed something deep down within the Rift of Aln, which he called 'an ancient evil'.[4]

Malfurion tells players of this tale in World of Warcraft, during the quest Neutral 15 [100] Dark Waters:

Q u o t e:

Malfurion Stormrage: I have encountered this power once before, within the depths of the Emerald Dream, near an abyss known as the Rift of Aln.
Malfurion Stormrage: That place radiated an ancient evil with such intensity that we dared not venture closer.
Malfurion Stormrage: It was all we could do to attempt to seal the taint away from the rest of the Dream. But it appears that we failed.
Malfurion Stormrage: And now, to find a fragment of that power in the hands of the Legion? A terrible portent....

N'Zoth was probably also the Old God that drove Neltharion to the brink of insanity.

Location of N'Zoth's prisonEdit

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Based on maps which depict Azeroth at various points throughout its history (both pre and post-sundering) contained in World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, it appears as though the location of N'Zoth's prison may be somewhere under the sea, south of Suramar City.

Media Edit

Images Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The whispers of the Puzzlebox draw parallels to the Cthulhu mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. The term 'sunken city' might refer to R'lyeh, also from Lovecraft's works.
  • "N'zoth" is the name of a planet in the Star Wars universe.
  • N'Zoth is the first Old God to debut outside of World of Warcraft, being revealed to be a card in 2000Icon-hearthstone-22x22 Hearthstone.

References Edit

  1. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 25
  2. Boubouille 2010-10-22. Blizzcon 2010 - WoW Quests and Lore Panel. MMO Champion.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Blizz Kaivax 2011-09-20. Patch 4.3 Raid Preview: Dragon Soul. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
       Patch 4.3 Raid Preview: Dragon Soul. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU) (2011-09-20).
  4. Stormrage, page 389, although N'Zoth is not mentioned by name

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